Canadian parents support vaccinating boys in publicly funded programs
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KIRKLAND, QC, April 18, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, Prince Edward Island
became the first province in Canada to extend its publicly funded
school-based HPV vaccination program to boys. The program will use
GARDASIL® [Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus (Types 6, 11, 16, 18) Recombinant
Vaccine], the only HPV vaccine indicated and recommended for boys and
In 2007, The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI)
recommended the quadrivalent HPV vaccine to protect Canadian girls and
women aged 9 to 26 against a broad spectrum of HPV-related diseases. In
2012, NACI updated and strengthened its statement related to the use of
HPV vaccines and recommended the use of the quadrivalent HPV vaccine in
males between 9 to 26 years of age.1
"PEI was one of the first provinces to follow NACI's recommendations by
introducing school-based HPV vaccination programs to girls in 2007.
PEI's decision to include boys is an important milestone in protecting
both males and females against the diseases that can result from HPV
infection such as genital warts and anal-genital cancers," said Dr.
Mauricio Ede, Medical Director, Medical Affairs at Merck Canada. "Both
males and females contribute to the spread of HPV and both develop
diseases as a result of HPV infection."
More recently, The Canadian Medical Association adopted a resolution
that calls for public funding to vaccinate both girls and boys for
A national survey conducted in March 2011 by Ipsos Reid3, commissioned by Merck, showed that:
85% of parents of males would allow their son to get vaccinated against
HPV if it was offered through a publicly-funded program at his school
88% of parents support the assertion that boys should be vaccinated
against HPV in the same program as girls
91% of parents agree that vaccinating both boys and girls against HPV
would provide greater protection than vaccinating girls alone
Australia, a country to which Canada is often compared, extended its
national school-based HPV vaccination program to boys aged 12-13,
earlier this year. It includes a catch-up program for 14 to 15
year-olds until the end of the 2014 school year.4
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1 Public Health Agency of Canada Web site. Accessed at: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/ccdr-rmtc/12vol38/acs-dcc-1/index-eng.php
2 The Canadian Medical Association Web site. Accessed at: http://www.cma.ca/multimedia/CMA/Content_Images/Inside_cma/Annual_Meeting/2012/resolutions/2012GC-Resolutions_en.pdf. See pg 4 resolution 47.
3 Ipsos Reid factum issued on January 19, 2012. Accessed at: http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/907763/nine-in-ten-88-canadian-parents-support-vaccinating-boys-against-hpv-through-public-program-at-school
4 Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing Web site.
Available at: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/immunise-hpv
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